It’s Spring – Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Eyes!

It’s Spring! Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Eyes! | W. John Murrell, M.D. | Amarillo, TX Ah! Spring. When everything in nature seems to blossom to life. For millions of people, this means dry, itchy, irritated eyes. Ocular allergies can be a frustrating problem. The symptoms that occur may also resemble another condition, dry eye syndrome. In fact, it is possible to suffer both allergies and dry eye syndrome at the same time. It is important to know if your symptoms are more than just the common bout with allergies because this dictates the treatment of the problem.


A person affected by allergies may notice redness and excessive eye-watering, but the primary symptom of allergies is itchiness. Ocular allergies are generally harmless, caused by interaction between a trigger substance and mast cells. A histamine is released when the two make contact. This is where the itching, swelling, and redness come from. Usually, it is possible to identify allergies by finding the allergen. This may be pet dander, pollen, or dust mites, to name a few.

Dry Eye

Tears are not something that we see only when we watch a sad movie, or when those allergies kick in. The eyes should have a slight tear film over the surface at all times. Tears are not just water. They also contain lipids and mucin. Balance is necessary for comfort. Too little lipid content and the water and mucin on the surface of the eyes will dry out too quickly. Meibomian glands produce lipids at the inner corner of the eyes which is where problems develop. Low production of lipids from these glands creates discomfort such as redness, a feeling of grittiness, or a foreign body sensation.

Know the Problem, Find the Treatment

Since there are different reasons behind allergies and dry eye syndrome, treatment varies based on the underlying problem causing eye irritation. Dry eye syndrome may require management with lubricated or medicated eye drops. Meibomian glands need to be treated, depending on the case. Allergies, on the other hand, are treated with lifestyle management (avoiding allergens when possible), and medication as needed to reduce symptoms.

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If interested in scheduling an appointment dry eye syndrome contact, the office at 800-351-1177.

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This is the latest IOL for Dr. Murrell's cataract practice. The LAL is the first IOL that can be adjusted after the surgery. Dr. Murrell can customize your IOL so that you can have the vision that you desire.

The LAL is a premium IOL which will not be covered under your medical insurance hence will have to pay for this IOL.


What's coming to Dr. Murrell's practice in the next few months.
Embrace with Accutite and Facetite and Morpheus Prime and Morpheus8

Accutite and Facetite: - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that can melt fat and mildly tighten skin. It requires only a small opening in the skin. The Accutite is for small areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. The Facetite is for the larger areas of the face such as the jowls, neck, and nasolabial folds.

Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that are applied to the skin to tighten the skin and collagen underneath the skin. The Morpheus Prime is for smaller areas smaller areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. the Morpheus8 is for the larger areas of the face. Both Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 takes 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from each other.

The Accutite and Morpheus Prime can both be performed to the eyelids to maximize the cosmetic effect. Likewise, the Facetite and Morpheus8 can both be performed to maximize the cosmetic effect.

The Embrace is the device that rungs the Accutite, Facetite, Morpheus8, and Morpheus Prime. These treatments are not covered by insurance. The patient will have to pay for the procedure.

What's New in Dr. Murrell Practice in 2023

Light adjustable IOl (LAL) for Cataract Patients

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